Public Internet Wi-Fi hotspots pose many risks for information security


In the coming time, the development trend of technology allowing the establishment of Wi-Fi with similar features to mobile and the development of smart cities leads to potential public Internet Wi-Fi hotspots. about information security.

The above comments were made by the Ministry of Information and Communications in Directive 66 on strengthening information security at public Internet Wi-Fi hotspots issued in late September.

Raise a sense of responsibility of businesses and users

In Directive 66, to ensure the legitimate rights and interests of users as well as the development of safe and efficient Internet Wi-Fi systems in public areas, and at the same time, promote a sense of responsibility. of enterprises and service users, ensuring the security of the information network serving the Party congress at all levels to the XIII National Party Congress, the Ministry of Information and Communications has requested Internet businesses, agencies, The units under the Ministry and the Departments of Information and Communications perform a number of tasks.

Specifically, Internet businesses build and implement technical solutions and business processes to manage, store and realize user information at public Internet Wi-Fi hotspots. enterprises managing or coordinating with units, agencies and organizations to implement smart urban projects and public service provision projects in order to comply with the provisions of Point c, Clause 2, Article 16 of the Law on Telecommunications and Law on information security.

Categorize and list the types of Internet subscribers under contract that are individual / household or organizational subscribers but provide public Wi-Fi Internet (essentially a public Internet access point), especially especially at cafes, restaurants, halls, airports, stadiums, resorts … to request the implementation of regulations on user information management; Suggest the content specified in the contract with the subscribers to use Internet access services provided to third parties and separate policies applicable to this subscription type.

Enterprises are also required to instruct the owners of public Internet Wi-Fi access points to comply with regulations on the rights and obligations of public Internet access points under Decree 72/2013 of the Government on management and provision of public Internet access points. provision and use of Internet services and information on the website as amended and supplemented in Decree 27/2018 of the Government; deploying technical solutions at public Internet Wi-Fi hotspots to store and enforce Internet user information …

Deploy secure monitoring solutions to public Internet Wi-Fi spots

Also in Directive 66, the Ministry of Information and Communications instructed the Department of Information Security to assess the risk of information insecurity at a number of major public Internet Wi-Fi access points and notify them to Internet businesses and owners. Public Internet Wi-Fi hotspot about risks of information insecurity.

At the same time, coordinate with relevant agencies to assess the risks of information insecurity and security at public Internet Wi-Fi hotspots, grouped according to types of public Internet Wi-Fi hotspots. to propose the application of user information management and practices.

The types of public Internet Wi-Fi hotspots should be grouped into: Internet agents; Enterprise public Internet access points; Internet access points at public places include those in cooperation with localities to implement smart city projects and provide public services; at restaurants, cafes …, Internet Wi-Fi spots at offices of agencies, organizations and businesses for visitors to access.

The Department of Information Security is also responsible for directing and operating Internet businesses and topics to implement safety and security surveillance solutions for public Internet Wi-Fi hotspots. Promulgate minimum technical instructions and requirements to ensure information security for the system providing public Internet Wi-Fi access services.

The Department of Information Security shall assume the prime responsibility for, and coordinate with the Legal Department in, researching and proposing detailed guidance on information safety and Internet user’s information security at Wi-Fi hotspots. Public Internet.

The Department of Informatics, in collaboration with the Department of Telecommunications and the Department of Information Security, to research, propose and guide provinces and cities to implement regulations on information security for Wi-Fi access points. -Fi Internet in smart city projects.

The Telecommunications Department shall direct and guide Internet businesses to implement the Directive’s contents in order to strictly comply with the current regulations on public Internet management and telecommunications service users and enhance safety assurance. information security.

In addition, the Telecommunications Department provides information on the list of public Internet Wi-Fi hotspots in the province or city and coordinates with the Department of Information and Communications to implement and implement the Directive synchronously and uniformly. nationwide; Track, urge and inspect the implementation of this Directive; synthesizing and evaluating the results of the implementation of the Directive …

According to the Ministry of Information and Communications, in recent years, fixed broadband Internet access infrastructure has developed widely throughout the country. The deployment of public Internet access points has contributed to popularizing services, making it easier for people to perform public services and online transactions.
However, the widespread deployment of free Wi-Fi Internet hotspots has exposed a number of limitations related to the quality of unregulated Internet access. In particular, the security of telecommunications infrastructure, information security such as: illegal acts of hijacking equipment, collecting personal account information, eavesdropping, collect data stored in public users’ electronic equipment; Bad people can use them to remain anonymous on the street in order to carry out activities in violation of the Law.

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